Bio-Economics in the Courtroom
By Bryan Caplan
Twin brothers Raymon and Richard Miller are the father and uncle to a 3-year-old little girl. The problem is, they don’t know which is which. Or who is who.
The identical Missouri twins say they were unknowingly having sex with the same woman. And according to the woman’s testimony, she had sex with each man on the same day. Within hours of each other.
When the woman in question, Holly Marie Adams, got pregnant, she named Raymon the father, but he contested and demanded a paternity test, bringing his own brother Richard to court.
You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that it’s all about money:
As soon as Raymon was asked to pay child support, he demanded that he and his brother both take a paternity test. When the paternity test came back with the same results, he took the matter to the courts where Judge Fred Copeland ruled that even in light of the identical DNA tests and overlapping relationships, Raymon would remain the legal father of the child. Raymon hopes to continue appealing the decision.
“I want to go to the Supreme Court,” Raymon told ABC News. “If they can’t prove it’s me then they should throw it out of court.” And as for the child support, he said, “The state should eat it.”
Yep, two grown men share half the baby’s genes, but a nation of strangers should pick up the tab.